Our Purpose

To unlock the full potential of women in the Workers’ Compensation industry.

Our history

The Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation was formed in 2016 when two women’s organizations (Women in Workers’ Compensation and the Women Executives in Workers’ Compensation) merged to create a single entity.

Our core values

Engage with accomplished
industry professionals and
build lasting relationships.

Explore opportunities
and challenges facing women
leaders today.

Enrich their knowledge base
with tactical insights from
speakers and panelists.

Encounter senior executives’
perspectives on leadership.

Examine leadership strategies and
how to effectively apply
the strategies.

Empower ourselves
to achieve success and
groundbreaking results.

What makes us special

OUR VISION:
An industry positively impacted by women who are equitably represented, developed, and retained.

OUR MISSION:
Inspiring the industry to invest in the development of women of diverse backgrounds and cultures through educational experiences, intentional support, and collaborative relationships.

WHO WE ARE:
We are a unique organization that brings together an entire industry to work together for the common good. Our goal of inclusivity is manifested in our encouragement of men and women alike to participate in the organization to work side-by-side for the advancement of women and for the betterment of the industry overall.

The Alliance is inclusive of all professionals in workers’ compensation, regardless of career stage, with the belief that we can all learn from and support each other. The organization is funded by companies in the workers’ compensation industry who support the organization’s mission.

Events held by the Alliance provide great opportunities for personal networking, but are not designed as venues to market a particular company or product. We are grateful to our sponsors and the branding opportunities that we provide to their companies, but direct marketing of the group’s members is not permitted.

Our goals

Open a dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for women in the workplace.


Discuss overall challenges faced by employers serving the workers’ compensation market.


Provide camaraderie and opportunities for women wishing to expand their professional network.

Our board

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President Kimberly George Global Chief Brand Officer, Sedgwick
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Vice President Jennifer Ryon Chief Revenue Officer, ForzaCare
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Secretary Marijo Storment Chief Executive Officer, ForzaCare
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Treasurer Nicole Sauk Chief Financial Officer, Ametros
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Member at Large
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Allison Scardino, MBA SVP of Sales, Allied Universal Insurance Claims Solutions
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Member at Large
Ambassador Program
Tracey Reid Chief Development Officer, Trinity Medical Management
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Member at Large
Sponsorship
Dionne Lacey-Artis Chief Business Officer, Optum
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Member at Large
Events
Julie Neil Senior Director Sales, P&C, Gradient AI
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Events
Laurie Frey Director, Risk Management, Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.
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Member at Large
Analytics
Nicol Vargas Chief Financial Officer, Ringler
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Member at Large
Employer Advisory Council
Julie Layton Risk Management Segment Leader-Managing Director, Marsh
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Member at Large
DEI
Nina Smith President of Customer & Market Operations, Enlyte

Employer Advisory Council

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Dawn Watkins Chief Risk Officer, Los Angeles United School District
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Debra Levy Senior Director of Claims, McKesson Corporation
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Dorina Hertner VP of Risk Management, EssilorLuxottica
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Ellen Osborn Head of Claims Management, GBS Insurance & Risk Management, North America
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Faith Mason Senior Manager, Workers’ Compensation, Comcast NBCUniversal
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Janice Van Allen Risk Management
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Janine Kral Vice President Risk Management, Nordstrom, Inc.
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Joan Vincenz Managing Director, Operations Risk, United Airlines
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Julia A. Hyett, MBA, BSN, RN Vice President of Finance, Novant Health, Inc.
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Maggie Biggs Senior Director of Global Risk Management, VF Corporation
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Nancy Strubler Director of Workers’ Compensation, National Express
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Noreen Olson, RN, MN, COHN-S, ARM Senior Manager, Claims, Starbucks Risk Management
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Sharon Evans Manager, Workers' Compensation Human Resources, Big Lots, Inc.
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Tara Acton Director of Claims and Senior Corporate Counsel, Lumen
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Veda Mabry Risk Manager, Human Resources, Pacsun
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Virginia Baba Senior Manager Claims, Risk Management, PetSmart, Inc.

Board-led Committees

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Sponsorship Committee Shanna Baritot National Account Manager, Optum
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Sponsorship Committee Adrianna Adams Director of Digital Marketing, Advanced Disability Management
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Sponsorship Committee Andrea Adams Founder and CEO, Advanced Disability Management
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DEI Committee Valerine Conerly, MBA, CAWC Sr. Client Relations Specialist, AF Group
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DEI Committee Jean Feldman, RN, BSN Sr. Director of Managed Care, Sentry Insurance
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DEI Committee Stephanie Kroon EVP, General Counsel & Secretary, Enlyte
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DEI Committee Brandi Lewis Chairwoman, Health Plus Trans
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DEI Committee Lena Lini VP, Clinical Solutions Business Operations, Specialty Network & Operations, Paradigm
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DEI Committee Sharon Scott Sr. Vice President, Medical Programs, ESIS
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DEI Committee Ruth Crocker, RN,MBA,CCM Senior Vendor Consultant, Claims Vendor Management, Empowering Black Professionals (EBP) Co-Chair, CNA

Ambassadors

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Alex Grellner CorVel
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Amy Peacock ExamWorks
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Bobbi Bernadino Prestige Managed Care
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Dawn Thomas Southern Rehabilitation Network
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Elizabeth Lowry Paradigm
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Erin Jesberger Arcadia Settlements Group
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Erin Quinn-Stevens Optum
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Janet Sumner R3 Continuum
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Jennifer Laver Web Gallagher
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Zebrah Jahnke EK Health Services Inc.
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Whitney Gerst Jopari Solutions, Inc.
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Vicki DeHerrera Allied Universal Compliance and Investigations
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Jody Iverson Paradigm Corp.
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Kathy Tazic Sedgwick
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Kelly Youngs Paradigm
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Attorney Kendra Oakes Hooks, Meng & Clement
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Kerri Wilson EK Health Services, Inc.
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Lisa A. Wade​ Swift/Currie
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Mallory Lamb Gallagher Bassett
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Mayra Berlanga North American Risk Services
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Megan Angus Sodexo
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Melissa Coleman Ametros
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Melissa Morely Accident Fund Insurance Company of America
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Michelle Ryan American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
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Natalie Torres The Kingstree Group, Inc.
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Nicole Hafner Allied Universal Compliance and Investigations
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Nikki Forte’ Dewitt Sedgwick
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Nikki Jackson Elevate The Narrative
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Rebecca Levine Porter Wright Morris & Aurthor
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Rosemarie McMorris Sedgwick
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Sarah Groskreutz Western National Insurance Group
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Sarah Meyer Bardavon Health Innovations
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Shalyn Gregory Safety National
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Stephanie Neuenfeldt EMC Insurance
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Susan Shemanski The Adecco Group
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Tammy Daniels Safety National
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Tara Klemm Safety National
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Veronica Bundt Pinnacol Assurance
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Wendy Yuen Peachtree Occupational Medicine